Fujifilm X-T1 High ISO Comparison With the Fujinon XF 10-24mm F4

Here are some high-res ISO 100 to 25,600 sample images and 100% crops taken with the Fujifilm X-T1 and the Fujinon XF 10-24mm F4 OIS, a beauty of a wide angle zoom to be released by the end of March 2014. You’ll say that’a pretty lame lens with an aperture speed of throughout 4. Well I beg to defer. With today’s ISO capabilities, this lens is an ideal compromise between speed and size. Add the build quality, certainly one of the best built XF lenses to date.

Below’s contrasty JPEG files are straight out of camera, downsized and slightly compressed with standard settings on and noise processing off. Overall, also color and luminance noise behavior is pretty impressive. New, lower noise circuitry which presumably induces lower noise during readout allows Fujifilm to give another stop of usability in the midrange and better results at all settings below that.

It’s the first X series camera with maximum ISO bumped to ISO 51,200 up from ISO 25,600. In emergency cases the former and latter are absolutely usable and you’ll enjoy more latitude for using the practically clean ISO 6,400. Detail remains excellent at ISO 3,200 and drops off slightly at ISO 6,400 as noise increases.

In-camera settings will leave the compromise up to you whether you wish to retain more detail versus noise suppression with a cleaner image. Still, the higher you go the more impressively the X-T1 shines at “borderline” ISO. I’t certainly the best performing and tweaked X-Trans II sensor in an X series camera.

Click on a crop for the higher resolution uncropped image — first though downsized ISO 100 and the maximum ISO 25,600 I took (right, hardly possible to tell a difference at this size):

Fujifilm X-T1 with Fujinon XF 10-24mm F4 OIS | F16 30s ISO 100
Fujifilm X-T1 with Fujinon XF 10-24mm F4 OIS | F16 30s ISO 100
Fujifilm X-T1 with Fujinon XF 10-24mm F4 OIS | F16 1/4 ISO 51,200
Fujifilm X-T1 with Fujinon XF 10-24mm F4 OIS | F16 1/4 ISO 51,200

BTW, the scene was really dark. All shot on a tripod with timer at 24mm focal length:

Fujifilm X-T1 with Fujinon XF 10-24mm F4 OIS | F16 30s ISO 100
Fujifilm X-T1 with Fujinon XF 10-24mm F4 OIS | F16 30s ISO 100
Fujifilm X-T1 with Fujinon XF 10-24mm F4 OIS | F16 15s ISO 400
Fujifilm X-T1 with Fujinon XF 10-24mm F4 OIS | F16 15s ISO 400
Fujifilm X-T1 with Fujinon XF 10-24mm F4 OIS | F16 8s ISO 800
Fujifilm X-T1 with Fujinon XF 10-24mm F4 OIS | F16 8s ISO 800
Fujifilm X-T1 with Fujinon XF 10-24mm F4 OIS | F16 4s ISO 1,600
Fujifilm X-T1 with Fujinon XF 10-24mm F4 OIS | F16 4s ISO 1,600
Fujifilm X-T1 with Fujinon XF 10-24mm F4 OIS | F16 2s ISO 3,200
Fujifilm X-T1 with Fujinon XF 10-24mm F4 OIS | F16 2s ISO 3,200
Fujifilm X-T1 with Fujinon XF 10-24mm F4 OIS | F16 1s ISO 6,400
Fujifilm X-T1 with Fujinon XF 10-24mm F4 OIS | F16 1s ISO 6,400
Fujifilm X-T1 with Fujinon XF 10-24mm F4 OIS | F16 1/2 ISO 12,800
Fujifilm X-T1 with Fujinon XF 10-24mm F4 OIS | F16 1/2 ISO 12,800
Fujifilm X-T1 with Fujinon XF 10-24mm F4 OIS | F16 1/4 ISO 25,600
Fujifilm X-T1 with Fujinon XF 10-24mm F4 OIS | F16 1/4 ISO 25,600

+++ You can order the Fujifilm X-T1 from Amazon (body / kit), B&H Photo (body / kit) and Adorama (body / kit).

The upcoming Fujinon XF 10-24mm F4 OIS is available from Amazon, B&H Photo and Adorama.

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  • Marino Papulica

    I don’t think anyone would say a constant f/4 is lame on pretty much any format lens, whatsoever.

    However the ‘real’ picture is the equivalent DOF in real life, which if we are talking about f/4 on a APS-C format camera equates to f/5.6 on a full frame. So, while not bad, not great at all.

    I see this lens being used mostly on landscape photography, so the corresponding FF- equivalent f/5.6 DOF won’t be an issue at all.

  • Robert Mark

    I wonder where the ISO race ends? I’ve seen plenty of working pros say they rarely shoot above 1600, but I’ve worked the professional rodeo circuit in poorly lit county arenas where I had to shoot at ISO 20,000 to get the shot. For me the ISO race is over three stops into the future — when I get today’s 6400 performance at 51200. I bet it happens within three years.

  • Andrew Brown

    Let’s be honest, I’ve spent most of my life working on the railway and being at work around the 3am mark. When I had my 5D2, 6400 was almost a working ISO at that time, but I can assure you I was never afraid to push to the 25600 and GET the shot.
    Looking at these 100% examples – I could see , if i were still doing that work, not being afraid in the least to use this camera in the same manner – just that the 25600 version looks like it would be cleaner – and as RAW processing is still not truly available – has got room for imporvment via post processing.

    So, as a long time user of high ISO (or ASA as it was in film) – these examples certainly need to be seen in a positive light only.

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